Since we are, technically, an Irish website – despite having contributors across the globe – we felt it only fair that we say STAR WARS EPISODE VII IS FILMING IN IRELAND!
Ok, that’s that.
The Kerry’s Eye website reports:
Kerry has pulled off its biggest film coup yet and is in for a major tourism boost when part of the new Star Wars movie will be filmed on the Skelligs.
Filming on the much-anticipated Star Wars 7 commenced earlier this year at locations in Abu Dhabi and in studios in London. Details of the plot, cast and the film locations have been closely guarded, but it’s now certain that the World Heritage island off the Kerry coast will become one of the major film location sites.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) confirmed to Kerry’s Eye this week that “Skellig Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island… this production is being fully supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board”.
The cast for Episode VII includes Pip Anderson, Crystal Clarke, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.